Everything has come down to a number. We use the math of Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic to determine how we feel about movies before we even see them. The truth of the matter is that these numbers mean virtually nothing in the long run.
If you really want to know about reviews before you see a movie, then find a critic that you usually agree with and follow their work instead of relying on these websites. In this segment we look at how the numbers in my case differ, and we use these numbers because we don’t want to call out specific critics. No review is “wrong” or “right”, because they are just opinions.
Rotten Tomatoes: 17%
Kaitlyn: 4.5 / 10
The Mummy is not a good movie at all, but it appears that my numbers are a little higher than everyone else. The consensus over at Rotten Tomatoes, “lacking the campy fun of the franchise’s most recent entries and failing to deliver many monster-movie thrills,” is not wrong, and I don’t disagree with that. However, the moments when the movie decides to focus on Sofia Boutella as the Mummy were actually quite enjoyable.
They were going for something different and new in the series — taking these characters and approaching them as monsters — which is why the lack of “camp” didn’t bother me. It appears that a lot of critics were judging this next to the 1999 film, while I tried to look at it as a different property instead of a remake. I wanted to let it try and stand on its own without comparing it to a different movie, made at a different time, with different intentions.
What did bother me was the fact that the movie seemed to focus on Nick (Tom Cruise) and Jenny (Annabelle Wallis) instead of their other dynamic lead actress. But RT’s assertion that “The Mummy suggests a speedy unraveling for the Dark Universe,” I don’t agree with at all. They might have started out with a shaky foundation, but they could still recover if they alter their strategy. In terms of my numbers, they seem to align with the audience reactions (44% at RT and 4.4 at MC), which is interesting. I’m usually more out of touch.
We only had one big movie to review this week, but it’s a heavy week next week — so maybe we can look into more differences.